Apple Walnut Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30)

Meal prep like a boss with this super simple Paleo and Whole30 Apple Walnut Chicken Salad, made with ingredients you probably already have in your house! With a little sweetness from the apples and a little crunch from the walnuts, this chicken salad will be your new favorite meal prep!

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Why I love Chicken Salad!

Chicken salad is basically the best lunch ever. Why? Because it lets you repurpose leftover grilled chicken, jazz up rotisserie chicken, and totally customize it with whatever ingredients you like and are seasonal, I will always vote chicken salad.

And a little sweetness, some crunch make this Apple Walnut Chicken Salad one of my favorites. I do like my chicken salad with bigger chunks of apple, but if you prefer them small, very finely dice or grate the apple.

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The Ingredients

I think the ingredients in this Paleo and Whole30 Chicken Salad are fairly simple. Just chicken, celery, apples, walnuts, mayo, and red onion.

Note: If you’re looking to figure out which brands of mayo are Whole30 compliant, I rounded up all the Whole30 and Paleo compliant mayo brands to make it easy!

Once you’ve got everything, making chicken salad couldn’t be easier. Just chop, chop chop, mix, and eat. Serve on top of lettuce or kale, or inside collard wraps.

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5 from 3 votes

Apple Walnut Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30)

A simple and delicious lunch recipe that's perfect for healthy meal prep!

Course Lunch, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine American
Keyword Make Ahead, Quick Lunch, Whole30 Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 266 kcal


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts about 2 1/2 cups. Or substitute leftover rotisserie or grilled chicken
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1 cup apple diced (I like granny smith but use any other kind you like)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 T red onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Nutrition Facts
Apple Walnut Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 648mg28%
Potassium 537mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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